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Improving Underground Mining Safety with Unmanned Equipment

Underground mines put workers in some of the most dangerous working conditions in any industry. With risks of cave-ins, explosions, and toxic gases present at every moment, improving workforce safety in underground production areas is crucial, especially now that production must increase to keep up with rising global demand.

The use of unmanned equipment has been at the heart of the mining industry’s initiative to create a safe production environment in underground mines. Not only do these vehicles remove workers from dangerous scenarios, they also operate 24 hours a day, which both increases productivity and decreases costs.

Key fact: An Australian mining company has stated that driverless vehicles are approximately 15% cheaper to run than human operated ones

Drones are another type of unmanned vehicle being deployed in underground mines as a way of inspecting mining equipment and deep shafts, as well as monitoring geotechnical conditions. By gathering high-quality visual data and delivering it quickly, drones can minimise accidents and improve workforce safety better than traditional surveying systems.

Benefits

  • Reduces operating costs

  • Improves workforce safety

  • Increases production


Learn more insights by browsing our resource centre and learn about digital transformation trends among metals and mining companies in the Axora Innovation Forecast, which surveyed 150 senior industry decision makers.

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